Special education teachers are an exceptional group of educators that serve as advocates for social justice and seek to uphold the dignity of all people including those with disabilities. The Master of Arts in Special Education degree provides you with advanced knowledge to address educational learning problems and improve teaching strategies to enhance student performance. Option two for completing the degree is intended for students that currently hold a Preliminary Education Specialist (Level I) Credential and need to advance to the next level.
The alternative Option one is geared toward students that hold a valid teaching credential or who complete education and special education prerequisites. The program does not meet the preliminary credential requirements for you to teach in California public schools.
Applicants must complete the formal application process and all required documents, which include:
You must satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options:
A 3.0 GPA calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential.
A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (MAE/MAT requires 2.75-2.99) calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. In addition, a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam (GRE, GMAT, CSET, or MAT).
An earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
A GPA below 2.5, submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the discipline requested.
|The Level II Education Specialist Professional Credential, 1997 CTC Standards is available only to candidates who completed an Education Specialist, Level I, Mild/Moderate and/or Moderate/Severe Credential Program written to CTC Standards, 1997. The program will be phased out according to CTC timelines. Candidates who would like additional information may contact the Teacher Accreditation Department or a special education faculty advisor.|
Core Courses (18 credits)
|EDUU 519||Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities||3|
|or EDUU 560||Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities||3|
|EDUU 511||Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling||3|
|EDUU 600||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
|EDUU 602||Positive Behavioral Supports||3|
|EDUU 603||Instructional Supports for Communication, Language, and Literacy||3|
|EDUU 649||Data-Based Decision Making in Special Education||3|
General Education Electives (6 credits)
|Select from the following:|
|EDUU 512, 526, 527, 528, , 563, 564, 565, 570, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 619, 620, 622, 623;|
|EDMU 520, 521, 523, 524, 525|
|EDSU 530, 531, 532, 533|
Advanced Electives (15 credits)
|EDUU 687*||Professional Induction Planning and Assessment||3|
|CSPU 639||Advanced Positive Behavioral Supports||3|
|EDUU 638||Advanced Assessment and Instructional Strategies For Persons with Mild/Moderate Disabilities||3|
|or EDUU 660||Seminar in Instructional Supports for Persons with Moderate/Severe Disabilities||3|
|EDUU 650||Transitions Across the Life Span||3|
|EDUU 688||Professional Induction Planning and Assessment||3|
This course must initially be completed prior to enrolling in any other Level II courses. Students must be employed as a special education teacher at least half time to be enrolled in this course.
|Total Credits (not including prerequisite)||39|